Ikat pillows from Uzbekistan
Ikat is a traditional textile dyeing technique originally from Indonesia. It involves binding multiple yarns together and dying them with vibrant patterns. The bindings are then undone and the multicolored individual yarns are woven into fabrics. This process creates the inimitable fuzzy borders and stunning color transitions that distinguish these iconic fabrics.
Spreading out from Indonesia via cultural transmission, the Ikat technique came to be employed by textile artisans throughout Central and Southeast Asia, Japan and Africa, where the technique was combined with and adapted to local aesthetics.
Uzbeki ikats are known locally as abr, the Persian word for cloud.